JCC To Celebrate Earth Day Wednesday

Jamestown Community College’s annual Earthfest to celebrate Earth Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 23.

The event, sponsored by JCC’s Earth Awareness Club, Student Senate, and the college program committee of the JCC Faculty Student Association, is free and open to the public.

Weather permitting, Earthfest will be held outside the Hamilton Collegiate Center near the pond. Otherwise, the program is held in the Student Union.

Earthfest features music by singer, songwriter, and acoustic guitarist Matt Maloof who has performed throughout the region.

At noon, a display of live birds of prey will be presented by falconry expert Mike Dupuy. Co-sponsored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Dupuy’s program focuses on falconry as a sport, a profession, and a metaphor for universal human aspirations.

Earthfest also features various educational displays, the sale of ecofriendly products and food, and a tree seedling adoption made possible by donations from the Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District.

A “Nature Art and Literature Corner,” featuring works by JCC faculty and students, is a new addition to this year’s Earthfest.

JCC’s Earth Awareness Club promotes an increased understanding and appreciation of the natural world and its creatures, wise environmental stewardship, enhanced knowledge of important environmental issues, compassionate living, and local awareness and action.